State Senator Keith Faber...
Ohio welcomes new
protections against runaway government regulations
Throughout my time in the General Assembly, I have come to realize that
government often fails to use common sense in addressing state issues.
In 2008, the Regulatory Reform Task Force was assembled to gather
feedback from residents on how to better ease the constraints of state
government on the operations of business in Ohio.
During the course of eight public hearings across the state and
countless hours of work, we heard from a number of small business
owners, economic development experts, and private citizens all fixed on
the goal of seeing true reform come to our state’s regulatory
landscape. As chairman of the task force, this process reaffirmed my
adamant belief that the best ideas regarding our future come from you –
the hard-working people that keep our economy moving. In short, we
learned that all too often state agencies lacked common sense when
addressing Ohio regulatory issues.
After years of deadlock, the recommendations of the Regulatory Reform
Task Force finally came to fruition with last year’s passage of Senate
Bill 2. At its core, the measure is a sound attempt to restore
government efficiency and remove the red tape that regularly prevents
job growth in Ohio.
Under the provisions found in Senate Bill 2, the existing and proposed
administrative rules associated with our statewide agencies will now be
assessed in order to determine whether or not they pose any adverse
impact on Ohio’s business community. If certain regulations are found
to be working against our potential job creators, efforts will be made
to mitigate the negative impact and to repeal burdensome rules.
Additionally, the legislation made way for the Common Sense Initiative
Office (CSIO) which will develop new standards for rule review and
assist in determining whether or not a rule is inhibiting the ability
of business to operate in Ohio. Simply put, we are breaking down the
barriers that have long stood in the way of achieving real economic
growth. Only through the creation of full-time, quality jobs and new
opportunities will we be able to provide Ohioans with the necessary
tools to provide financial security for their families. By streamlining
government and holding our state agencies accountable for their
actions, we are ensuring that your tax dollars are being used properly
and effectively. I am confident that this innovative new approach will
go far in restoring our residents’ faith in our state government.
Senator Keith Faber
12th Ohio Senate District
As always, please do not
hesitate to contact my office if you have questions or concerns about
any of the matters we are considering at the Statehouse. I can be
reached by phone at (614) 466-7584, by e-mail at
SD12@senate.state.oh.us or by writing me at State Senator Keith Faber,
OhioStatehouse, 1 Capitol Square, Columbus, Ohio 43215. I look forward
to hearing from you.